Pump, Connect & Kite

  • By MCK Tulum
  • 03 Aug, 2017

Why it is essential to pump the kite and connect the lines properly

After some Kite & Wind Theory  (STEP 1) , it's time to STEP 2: Kite and lines set up . So, let's take out the kite, pump it, connect the lines and prepare the gear to fly.

There are two essential parts here: (I) Pumping the kite and (II) Connecting the lines

It might seem pretty easy, right? But learning to pump the kite in the right position will avoid seeing your kite flying away in front of your eyes. And most important, connecting the lines in the proper way will avoid accidents when launching and flying the kite. So, keep focus in the process.

Please take this just as a brief explanation of what you will learn with your certified instructor on your first day of lessons. Do not miss the first lesson. And never never never try to learn Kitesurf on your own.


We'll follow a few steps to inflate the kite in the right position and manner:

1. Unroll the kite:  The kite must be unrolled with the wind at your back and the struts facing up. After, you can place some sand on the wing tip closer to you (the most upwind tip).

2. Inflate the kite:  Most of the kites have a "one-pump system" that inflates struts and leading edge at the same time. If this is the case, connect the pump leash to the kite, open the valve and inflate the kite. Connecting the pump leash to the nose of the kite will enable you to pump the kite using both feet and hands without having the kite flying away.

If the kite has no "one-pump system" , make sure to inflate the struts before the leading edge.

Make sure to pump the kite firm but not over inflated. Then, close the valves and fasten the velcro over the caps.

3. Flip the kite: Take the kite by the leading edge and flip the inflated kite over. The leading edge will face the ground. Make sure that the nose of the kite (the point where center strut and leading edge meet) is facing the wind. Place sand in between struts to prevent it from flying away, and go to connect the lines.


It's time to connect the lines following the downwind method :

1. Unwind the bar: Stand up next to the kite with the wind in your back. Hold the bar in the center and begin to unwind the lines. Place the ends of the lines next to the inflated kite on the sand. Continue walking downwind away from the kite unwinding the lines. Avoid to drag the lines along with you. The ends of the lines should remain next to the kite.

2. Place the bar upside down: With the lines completely unwound place the bar on the sand upside down. This is very important. The left part of the bar must be placed on the right on the ground. 

Normally bars are color-coded where the left part is red in the flying position. If this is the case, the red part of the bar should be on the ground on the right side. If your bar is not color-coded, the left side is always marked somehow, sometimes with the kite brand name, other times with different colors.

3. Walk out your lines: Stand in between your lines next to the bar, in a way where the center lines (also called frontline) are between your legs and the two back lines are on each side of your legs. In this position, walk from the bar to your kite straightening any twists and untangling the lines if needed. When you get to the end, place the lines on the ground with the center lines in the center and the back lines on the sides.

It is essential to place the lines with no twists. Any twist or tangles in the lines when connecting them to the kite can be dangerous when launching and flying the kite.
4. Attach the lines:  Now is time to attach the flying lines to the kite using the  Lark's Head Knot . Please, check below a sequence of the knot. This is a universally used knot in the kitesurfing world. It creates a cinch which can be slipped over the knot on the point of attachment and be tightened.
The kite has four line attachment, two on the center of the leading edge (front/inflated edge) and two on the end of the leading edge (back).

Front lines / Center lines will be attached to the center of the leading edge. These lines are equipped with loop extensions to be attached to the fixed-knot pigtails on the leading edge of the kite.

Back lines will be attached to the end of the leading edge. The back lines are equipped with fixed-knots extensions, which can only be attached to the loop pigtails at the end of the leading edge of the kite.

This attachment system makes impossible to attach one back line in the center of the leading edge and vice versa, because they need their opposite pigtails.

At the end the position of the lines when attached to the kite on the ground would look like this.
5. Check the lines:  It is crucial to attach the lines correctly. Otherwise the kite will not fly properly and may be uncontrollable. So, after connecting the lines take your time and check that your lines have been connected properly. There is no rush. You have plenty of time to enjoy your session safely.

To do so, hold the two back lines and walk back from the kite to the bar, making sure the lines are not crossing each other.

Now, you are ready to fly your kite. Before launching your kite you need to flip your bar to the flying position. If your bar is colored-coded, the red part would be on the left side again.

Are you ready for your next step? Feel free to ask any questions and please be focus when connecting your lines.

*** SUMMARY ***

STEP: 2 - Kite & lines set up
Because pumping your kite in the right position
will avoid your kite of flying away.
And because attaching the lines properly
will avoid any accident when launching and flying the kite.
NEXT STEP: 3 - Inner-workings of the bar & safety systems
By MCK Tulum 03 Aug, 2017
After some Kite & Wind Theory  (STEP 1) , it's time to STEP 2: Kite and lines set up . So, let's take out the kite, pump it, connect the lines and prepare the gear to fly.

There are two essential parts here: (I) Pumping the kite and (II) Connecting the lines

It might seem pretty easy, right? But learning to pump the kite in the right position will avoid seeing your kite flying away in front of your eyes. And most important, connecting the lines in the proper way will avoid accidents when launching and flying the kite. So, keep focus in the process.

Please take this just as a brief explanation of what you will learn with your certified instructor on your first day of lessons. Do not miss the first lesson. And never never never try to learn Kitesurf on your own.
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In our experience, theory is a very important step. Not everybody likes it and sometimes is overlooked, but is A MUST.

It won't take hours of explanations and you won't need to take any notes. We know you are in Tulum on holidays. Just listen carefully and focus around 20 minutes. Could you do that? In this first step you will get the foundation to be a great kitesurfer.

At this point, you will learn three important things:
(1) Where the wind comes from
(2) Which wind directions are good for kiting, and
(3) What is the wind window.

Please take this just as a brief explanation of what you will learn with your certified instructor on your first day of lessons. Do not miss the first lesson. And never never never try to learn Kitesurf on your own.
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Kitesurfing is not a sport that can be learned in one or two hours. It demands a bunch of hours of training. But above all, it demands going step by step mastering one exercise at a time. At the end of this learning process you will kite safely on your own. 

One of the most asked questions is: How long it takes to learn kitesurfing? This question depends on different factors: the student skills, the wind conditions and the sea conditions, among others. Approximately, it takes from 3 to 4 hours to get to the board stage and between 9 to 12 hours of training to become an independent kiteboarder.

Every student is different and has a different rhythm. If you have excellent skills and you are “a natural”, you will learn very fast. If not, don’t worry, the learning process will take a little longer for you. Go step by step. Focus on what you are doing, listen to your instructor and you will end up kiting.
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It is essential to take kite lessons with a certified instructor. Why? The main reason is that being an action sport with many variables, you can get involve in extreme situations where you have to apply all the knowledge of wind, body position, kite control, security systems, etc. So, it is very important and necessary to know all the rules of kitesurfing and all safety techniques before starting to navigate on your own.

Now, we'll give you three more good reasons to take kitesurfing lessons:

1. For safety.

And not just for your own safety, but also for the safety of other riders and swimmers in the area. Kitesurfing should not be underestimated. A bad learning can expose you and those around you to a serious accident. Taking the course, you will learn the techniques of kite safety, principles of wind and the necessary conditions to start riding without accidents. If you learn safety rules properly and follow them, you’ll never have any problem.

2. Because you learn faster and better.

When you learn kitesurfing with a certified instructor, you do it in much less time and much better than if you do it on your own through the principle of “trial and error”. Principle that not only take you longer to master the sport but very possibly you end up injured. By learning on your own you expose yourself to unnecessary risks.

3. Because you learn with the school equipment.

You don’t need to spend money on kite equipment to learn kitesurfing, because you learn with the school gear, with the latest technology and security systems all in perfect conditions. Kiteboarding equipments are not cheap and if you buy one before you have an idea about kitesurfing you will probably make a mistake buying one kite inappropriate for someone starting out. It is best to learn with the school equipment and once completed the course, you ask advice to your instructor about the material that suits you.

The best thing you can do is take a kitesurfing course to become an independent rider. The course will allow you to go to any beach, decide the most appropriate kite size according to wind conditions and start riding on your own without problems. In kitesurfing, like in all sports, the more you practice the better you will be.

So, if you were thinking of starting kiteboarding and also want a vacation in Tulum contact our school (Mexican Caribbean Kitesurf) and if you are looking for the best place to stay in Tulum beach while learning to sail, your place is Ahau Tulum.

Waiting for you here!

By MCK Tulum 30 Nov, 2012
For us kitesurfing is not only an extreme sport but also one of the best exercises for our body and our mind.

We have made some research in various online publications and below we explain the 10 benefits that the continued practice of kitesurfing can bring to your physical and mental health:

# 1 – Tones your body, especially the upper area, arms and abdomen. Strengthening your abdominal area makes a physical improvement of the abductors and legs too. You increase the strength in your arms by holding, the kite in legs by bending over the table to ride, and the muscles of the hands by grabbing the bar.

# 2 – Kitesurfing combines aerobics and resistance exercises. This combination is perfect for keeping a balance weight, molding your figure and gaining physical strength, very important to have a healthy heart.

# 3 – As you have to keep the kite in the air with one hand while you enter the water grabbing the board with the other hand, and when riding you are focused on several tasks at once, your coordination and your concentration improve.

# 4 – Also riding on the board is great to improve your balance.

# 5 – With any sport you eliminate stress, but if it is an extreme sport adrenaline rushes are much higher, creating a great feeling of wellness.

# 6 – In turn, stress reduction automatically strengthens your immune system and allows you to have a stronger health.

# 7 – The way of navigation and jumping in kitesurf, in which you have to constantly make decisions about movement and position of the bar, body, board, etc, makes you resolve difficult situations on the water, increasing your reflexes and reaction capacity.

# 8 – Like any sport in which you interact with the environment, kitesurfing fosters respect for the ocean, animals and nature in general, as well as makes you breathe fresh air away from the city smock.

# 9 – When you practice kitesurf inevitably you meet more kitesurfers on the beaches, which helps you to interact with people with common interests and tastes, improves your relationships and your ability to communicate. And most important, you know a group of people whom you can talk freely about your passion.

# 10 – Finally, we can say that kitesurfing allows you to experience new sensations, like the feeling of flying, increasing your level of happiness.

In this passing life we are here to try to be as happy as we can. So … What are you waiting to learn kitesurfing? The more you practice the fitter and happier you will be.
By MCK Tulum 15 Nov, 2012
We have always thought that we’re lucky people. We also believe that luck is for those who seek it and not for those who sit and wait for it to arrive.

Since the beginning of our Caribbean adventure we feel very fortunate in many ways. One reason is because we have found the coolest spot for our kitesurfing school. And frankly, we could not have found a better place.

From now on, you can find us on the beach of Ahau Tulum hotel, in the kilometer 7.5 of the Tulum – Boca Paila Road. A spectacular location between the white sand and turquoise beach and the thicker Mayan jungle. A hotel surrounded by palm trees with the best Caribbean cabañas, yoga lessons, a restaurant serving delicious food and one of the prettiest beaches in the world.

We still have a lot to do and prepare for the school to be ready next high season, but the kitesurfing classes have already started on the Ahau Tulum beach taking advantage of these few windy summer days.

For those who want to learn kitesurfing or those who already know and want to navigate in a beautiful spot, we invite you to spend some days with Mexican Caribbean Kitesurfing in Ahau Tulum. Enjoy the kite, relax in the hammocks on the beach and stay in the best cabañas of Tulum, with all the facilities and the most special environment.

No more to say. The images speak for themselves. See you soon in Tulum.
By MCK Tulum 31 Oct, 2012
Mexican Caribbean Kitesurf is about beaches, palm trees, hammocks and a Kiteboarding and Paddle Surf school in Tulum, a paradise in the Mexican Caribbean.

Paddle Surf, known too as SUP (Stand Up Paddle Surfing), is becoming a fashionable sport on many beaches around the world. The best thing about it, is that does not require a great physical or technical condition as kite surfing, surfing or windsurfing. It can be practiced at any age and is quite easy to learn.

SUP consists on sliding over the water, up on a board of 3 meters or more, driven with a paddle. Standing on a board is the best way to enjoy the sea from another perspective.

It is a very complete sport. If practiced regularly increases our balance and muscle tone especially legs (which are slightly bent when paddling), abdomen and arms.

It can be said that Paddle Surf can be practiced in two basic ways:

  • the “quiet” way, with a simple, relaxed and safe paddling trip in the sea or a lagoon; and 
  • the “extreme” or surfer way, catching waves powered by a paddle, being able to surf incredible waves as any surfer does with a conventional board;

The improved balance properties have already made that meditation and yoga classes are being taught on a SUP board floating in the water.

We will explain these and other good Paddle Surf characteristics later in this blog. For now, we encourage you to take a course of Paddle Surf to work your balance and learn the basic techniques of paddling. It would just take one hour or two and you will enjoy the sport very much.

In Mexican Caribbean Kitesurf we offer one-hour paddle surf course followed by an extra hour of practice for just 50 USD. We will teach you the SUP’s basic maneuvers, how to use the paddle to move and rotate on the water, and many other amazing things about SUP. The best part is that we offer the course in the incredible beach of Tulum in the Mayan Riviera.

So… Stand Up and Paddle!
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As a child I liked to imagine I had super powers like Superman, Flash or Hulk. As I got older I never stopped imagining. I think this happens to many adults, otherwise Batman and Spiderman movies would not be in all theaters in the world with great success.

Can you imagine yourself jumping as Hulk or running as Flash? Since I started kitesurfing some of these dreams become true or are pretty close to. And this is one of the things that make you feel the passion for kitesurfing. It aloud you to do great deeds and sometimes, just for seconds, you feel yourself super powerful.

In the kitesurf world we also have our super heroes, each one with their own super power. Let's have a look:

FLASH would be Rob Douglas, the American kitesurfer who holds the world speed record. He even defeat the Hidroptere, a vessel of many million dollars built with space age materials. So dear reader, the world faster object driven by wind is not a high-tech sailboat, it’s a kitesurfer who used a normal kite gear with a lightly modified board. He did so in Lüderitz (Namibia) in a channel of 6 meters wide approximately, where one mistake means broken bones if you are lucky. In fact Rob broke his wrist when getting it. Too bad he did not have the Wolverine powers to heal and continue sailing the same day.

HULK would be Lewis Crathern with his incredible jumps. He even jumped the Brighton Pier. Many called him crazy or unconscious for trying. He is not crazy because he takes calculated risks. He waited about a year to reach the perfect conditions to jump the pier. I consider him a hero because he seeks to save the planet using his media pull to raise awareness about ecology and the benefits of wind power.

AQUAMAN would be Ben Wilson, who surf the biggest and more powerful waves where a mistake can be fatal. Not coincidentally, he surfed the largest wave driven by a kite; this is because he is a storm seeker and that day in Namotu (Fiji) he found the perfect storm. In my case this would be my favorite superhero because the waves are my passion.

These three cases are extraordinary sport-men breaking records and bringing the kitesurf to new frontiers but don’t think that to jump and navigate you have to be a great athlete or very good technically, anyone with a little practice can jump, navigate and feel the super-powers.

The videos of the records:

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